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The Books of Magic - Community Reviews back

by Charles Vess, John Bolton, Scott Hampton, Neil Gaiman
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A Voracious Reader
A Voracious Reader rated it 3 years ago
*Book source ~ Library From Goodreads: A quartet of fallen mystics dubbed the "TrenchCoat Brigade" is introduced in this first collection of the adventures of Timothy Hunter. John Constantine, the Phantom Stranger, Dr. Occult, and Mister E take Hunter on a tour of the magical realms. Along the way...
little_odd_geek
little_odd_geek rated it 6 years ago
"i can't help but feel really disappointed. The Books of Magic is lacking in both resonance and imagination. fun but forgettable" - Mark Monday Kind of agree with that. Ambivalent about this. I did enjoy it - it's been a long time since I read graphic novels and it was fun to encounter some of c...
Itinerant Librarian on Books
Itinerant Librarian on Books rated it 7 years ago
This was pretty good, but there were some moments when it felt a little "long in the tooth." The point of the graphic novel, which actually collects a four-issue story, is to introduce Tim Hunter, a young 12-year old boy to the world of magic. He has the potential to be a great magician someday, but...
sixthreezy readsies
sixthreezy readsies rated it 7 years ago
This was a huge read, but I enjoyed it. Gotta love Gaiman's stories within the Vertigo/DC universe. While it looks a lot like Harry Potter, it is nothing like it. Didn't really care for parts, but much like Sandman, it's just such an epic journey.
Randolph "Dilda" Carter
Randolph "Dilda" Carter rated it 7 years ago
Four stars for the artwork, two for the story. This is a beautifully illustrated meandering mess of a story. Precocious 12-year old Tim Hunter is chosen to get an introduction to magic so he can make a decision about his life, but somebody would have to tell you that, as the other characters frequ...
target acquired
target acquired rated it 8 years ago
the artwork in The Books of Magic is splendid, a real treat. John Bolton, Scott Hampton, and Paul Johnson create shadowy, smearily impressionistic, layered, slowly shifting, ambiguously dream-like imagery that throws everything into question, including the narrative itself. classic fairy tale illust...
Jacquel Chrissy May
Jacquel Chrissy May rated it 8 years ago
Long before we had the dreaded "Harry Potter", there was one boy who was destined to become the greatest magician who ever existed on the face of the earth...This is the story about a young boy named Tim Hunter, and he is taken by the "Trenchcoat Brigade" (a.k.a. John Constanine, the Phantom Strange...
StaceyHH
StaceyHH rated it 8 years ago
Very Sandman-esque. It's no surprise I liked chapter III best, with Charles Vess' beautiful and fanciful artworks. Section IV had me just a wee bit lost at points, and I suspect a re-reading of parts of Sandman would clear up some of the confusion... or not.
Tower of Iron Will
Tower of Iron Will rated it 10 years ago
Its strange, Gaiman created Timothy Hunter long before Rowling created Harry Potter, but the characters are so similar that DC can't use Hunter now without being accused of ripping off Potter. I think Gaiman's take on John Constantine in this story is my favorite version of the character. It raise...
wealhtheow
wealhtheow rated it 10 years ago
Tim Hunter, a neglected kid from a working class family, discovers he can do magic. Great story, memorable characters, and beautiful art.
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